The sores caused by herpes simplex type 1 are really unsightly, painful and itchy. A quick treatment is what you need if you want to get rid of those unwanted sores – and there are many ways you can treat these sores, be it medical or a simple home remedy.
Being the product of the virus replication, these sores are best treated with medication that can inhibit that particular metabolic activity of the virus. This is exactly what the FDA approved drugs do. When the virus replication is inhibited, chances are, the duration of the sore outbreak is shortened, the number of outbreaks is minimized and the symptoms are relieved. Examples of these drugs are Denavir, Zovirax, Famvir and Valtrex, all of which are derivatives of Acyclovir.
You can also take 2000-3000 mg of Lysine supplements on a daily basis. Lysine is an amino acid that can hinder the metabolic activities of the virus. Aside from that, you can apply cream to your sores to block the outbreak and to ease the pain and itch. The most commonly heard of cream is Abreva.
Even at home, you can find a quick treatment for a cold sore. Doing a cold compress will help you in preventing too much swelling and redness. You can use ice cube to put on your sores for several minutes, and repeat this step for an hour in ten minute intervals. A compress using tea bags is also effective because tea contains tannic acid which has antiviral effects. On the other hand, you can apply extracts from herbs like sage and peppermint. These herbs have natural antiviral properties which work well with these sores.
It is not really that hard to find a quick treatment for a cold sore. You can use any of those mentioned above to get rid of those embarrassing sores. And you should remember to keep watch on the factors that can stimulate an outbreak. These sores are treated but the virus is not, that is why an outbreak is highly likely to recur again in the future.